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Simple Tips for Successfully Relocating Your Business

If you are moving your business to a new location, whether you’re moving from a home office to an office block or you have to relocate an already large operation to different premises, there are sure to be a few headaches along the way. However, if you do the following, those headaches should be fewer and less frequent, and your business relocation as successful as can be…

Get a real estate agent to help

If you have never relocated your business before, then it is a really good idea to hire a real estate agent with experience in commercial relocations to help you find the perfect space and plan for as many of the practicalities as possible. They are the best people to help you find the perfect workspace for you and all of your employees.

Consider your employees

Before choosing your new location it is a really good idea to consult your employees first. Of course, your new business premises needs to work for you, but ideally, it should work for your employees too, So find ing a location that is easy for the majority to get to and which includes open plan workspace, if, for example, they prefer to work collaboratively, or which has plenty of natural light which helps boost productivity, as another example, is a really good idea. Make them part of the process and they will be much more likely to engage positively with the move. 

Plan ahead for moving expensive equipment

Depending on what your business does, there is a good chance that you have a lot of expensive equipment from computers and servers to high-quality furniture, and maybe even very expensive heavy machinery, all of which will need to be relocated with you. As such, you can’t simply phone the first removals company you find on Google and expect everything to go smoothly. 

No, the logistics of such a move will need to be planned to the nth degree. You will need to work out when to start packing to disrupt your business as little as possible, how to safely move equipment, and where it will be best located at the new destination, You may also want to call in specialist business and machinery movers who will have handled many relocation projects for businesses just like yours in the past. The more you prepare, the less likely you are to have any moving day disasters.

Get lots of quotes

Oh, and before you hire a removal company, if you want to protect your business assets, you should get at least three separate quotes to ensure you get the right price, while also thoroughly checking out reviews and getting as many recommendations as you can. It doesn’t matter how much planning you do for a business relocation, if the moving company is not up to scratch, there is a good chance you will end up with lots of fires to put out anyway.

Do some decluttering

When you’re moving office spaces, it is the perfect opportunity to do some decluttering. So, get all the staff onboard to go through all of your files and fixtures and work out what you do and do not need to hold in to. If you find you have a lot of obsolete files, you should call in a secure file shredding company to dispose of them as safely as possible and protect you and your client’s data from prying eyes.

Give notice

Finally, before you move, you should ensure that you give as much notice as possible to your employees, customers, and clients and where necessary make alternative arrangements for them such as setting up remote working procedures for your employees. 

Once the move is complete, you will then need to update all of your websites, business cards, and anywhere else that carries the details of your business so that your customers can find you and you don’t end up missing out on work due to them not knowing where you are. You’d be surprised at how many businesses don’t make it crystal clear they are moving nor update their contact information immediately, which can, as you can imagine, cause a whole host of problems for them and their clients alike.

Now, all that remains is to get settled in and make your new business premises feel like home.

Business relocations can be trying, but if you put the above tips into action, you should be able to organize a smooth move with as few hiccups as possible. Good luck!